Dr. Jim Pomatter wrote:
Edit: I'm still happy with my Q9300 @ 3.0 GHz, 8 GB DDR2 800, AMD HD 5770, and C300 SSD on my desktop PC.
I feel my computer is up-to-date due to the much slower advancement of desktop computer technology in recent years. I also understand why the improvements are not coming as fast; they are not needed do to the massive speed of existing parts, reduced competition, and companies focusing engineering effort on the more profitable mobile sector.Q9300 @ 3.0 GHz:
This is a mid-2008
CPU, but it is a budget version of a 2007 processor. It has 4 cores that are fast enough, for 40+ fps in most modern games. With a graphics card, it has had no problem decoding all HD video that I have played. With Sandy Bridge (i5-2500), real-world performance has increased by a bit over 50%, but when compared to the performance advancements of the previous 4 years, only a 50% increase is stagnation.8 GB DDR2 800:
This is mid-2008 memory
. It has tight timings and cost an extra $10/stick, its timings were lower then all the budget RAM at the time. While DDR3 has increased bandwidth by a large amount, first-word latency has not improved much (AFAIK).AMD HD 5770:
This is a late-2009
graphics card. It is a little under powered for 1080p, but that still means over 20 fps at high settings in modern games while using around 100 watts. Turning the settings down to medium gives 40+ fps at 1080p. Current video cards are still using the same RAM technology (GDDR5), same lithography technology (40nm), similar clock speeds (850MHz), and the same computing architecture (VLIW5).Micron Crucial C300 120Gb SATA 6GB/s:
This is a mid-2010
SSD and is the newest part of the system. It is a fast SSD, but I wish I had bought the 256Gb version (128 is too small). While flash memory has been made smaller and cheaper, it got slower and more susceptible to wear-out in the process of getting smaller. The Crucial m4 (Micron C400) SSD is faster at some tasks, and slower at other tasks, then the Micron Crucial C300.
has gotten noticeably worse
over the past two years since I signed up. I had 50ms ping times to most game servers, but now I have 120+ ms ping times. I also get spikes up to 300+ ms that can last for 3+ min. We need government regulation for net neutrality, and increased competition, or our Internet service will just get worse every year.
Brain & Fingers:
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